Executive Series North America Aviation B-25J Mitchell "Executive Sweet" 1/48 Scale Mahogany Model
Introducing the ready-built North America Aviation B-25J Mitchell "Executive Sweet" Desktop Model. This 1/48 scale model was handmade with precision and accuracy to produce the finest model that will be the centerpiece of your collection for years to come. This model is a perfect gift for pilots and aviation enthusiasts alike. Not too big or too small, this model features a wingspan of 16.5 inches and a length of 13.5 inches. This model features a very accurate paint scheme with realistic panel lines.
This collectible B-25 represents Executive Sweet, a B-25J operated by the American Aeronautical Foundation. This detailed model B-25 shows the medium bomber that struck Americas first blows against Japan in World War II and offered a valuable morale boost to the nation. Painstakingly built from Philippine mahogany by our skilled craftsmen with a wealth of detail, this 1/48-scale model of Executive Sweet makes a great aviation gift for any pilot, enthusiast or history buff.
The B-25 Mitchell was one of the most widely produced aircraft of World War II, serving in every theater in a variety of configurations. The twin-engine Mitchell made the first strikes against Japan during the famed Doolittle Raid in 1942; served in Europe, and became deadly ground attack aircraft when fitted with up to 14 forward-firing machine guns.
Development of the B-25 began in the 1930s as an outgrowth of North American Aviations XB-21 project. The new aircraft, called NA-40 by the company, was evaluated by the Army Air Corps in 1939 and ordered into production as the B-25.
The B-25 was an inch under 53 feet long, with a wingspan of 67 feet, 6 inches. Powered by two Wright 2600 Twin Cyclone engines developing 1,850 horsepower each, the B-25 had a maximum speed of 275 mph and a combat radius of 1,350 miles.
Armament could include up to 6,000 pounds of bombs; eight 5-inch rockets; a torpedo, and forward firing machine guns or cannon. Versions of the B-25 fitted with up to 14 forward-firing .50-caliber machine guns proved devastating to Japanese shipping, and strafing and parafrag attacks proved valuable for attacking airfields.
Maj. Paul Pappy Gunn developed many of the innovations that made the Mitchell a devastating attack aircraft, pioneering the strafing modifications, as well as skip-bombing techniques against shipping. Mitchell's would come in at low-level, guns blazing, as pilots kicked rudder pedals to walk rounds along the waterline of Japanese ships and to suppress anti-aircraft fire. Crews would drop their delay-fused bombs before they roared just above their targets. The bombs would skip along the surface, hit the ship and sink before exploding underwater, ripping open the underside of the vessel.
Almost 10,000 B-25s were produced, and the tough bombers served with many nations. Following World War II, many B-25s landed in long-term storage while others continued to be used as trainers, recon aircraft or in support roles. The last B-25 in the Air Force was retired in 1960.
Executive Sweet was built in Kansas City, Kan. By North American Aviation as B-25J number 44-30801, and delivered into military service on Feb. 26, 1945. It served as a stateside trainer, and later, as a VIP transport. Struck from military rolls in 1959, it later appeared on film as the lead B-25 in the film Catch-22 bearing the name Vestal Virgin. It has been owned by the American Aeronautical Foundation since 1982.